On November 29, 2013, the Holy Father Pope Francis solemnly announced that 2015 would be dedicated to the consacrated religious life. On January 31, 2014, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz has indicated the main purposes: to gratefully remember the recent past memory, live the present with passion, embrace the future with hope.
The year dedicated to consecrated life will begin on 30th November 2014, 1st Sunday of Advent, and will end February 2, 2016, World day of consecrated life; Moreover, with the publication of the first circular letter "Rejoice", religious men and women are invited to a comparison between the Gospel and life, from the teaching of Pope Francis, urging the religious to" wake up the world "with the good life that generates" joy ", which is real and contagious."
Among other initiatives, it is thought of a global chain of prayer in the monasteries; it should accompany the performance of the year dedicated to consecrated. And a very good proposal: prayer is the essence of the contemplative life and this is of paramount importance to the mission of the church, since "God, in answer to prayer, send laborers into his harvest, opens the minds of non Christians because they listen to the gospel and makes present in their hearts the message of salvation